Summary: It's hard to escape the conclusion that Sen. Joe Manchin reached, when he announced that the country (as opposed to the Democrats in the House) is somewhere to the right of the center on the ideological spectrum. That is certainly where Virginia was on Nov. 2. It is, even, where New Jersey was on Nov. 2. And if that is where two Biden states were on Election Day, where will they be next year on Election Day? Or three years from now?